Listeners Talk To Lafayette Councilmen About Ending Red Light Camera Program
Three Lafayette City Parish Councilman have authored on introductory ordinance up for discussion this Tuesday evening that would, if the council agrees, put a halt to the red light camera program. Andy Naquin and William Theriot are two authors of the ordinance, and the third, Jared Bellard, joined "Mornings With Ken and Bernie" today to explain his thinking on sponsoring the measure. Bellard also took questions and comments from listeners. Bellard tells KPEL News that he is against the program for several reasons. He would rather have police officers working the traffic beat, he is against the booting of cars when fines are not paid, and he does not like that money from the program pays for salaries which is a recurring expense. The measure will come up for a vote April 3rd.
The ordinance, if passed, would put a halt to the Safe Light/Safe Speed program in June.
Red-light cameras have been operating in the city for about five years, generating about $2 million in revenue in 2011.
Check out what Councilman Bellard has to say, and what listeners were saying this morning: